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ECC Students Honored at New Jersey All-State Academic Team Recognition Ceremony

 Joseph Rivera
 Anne Alabson

Essex County College’s Anne Alabson and Joseph Rivera joined 35 other New Jersey community college students June 9 in a virtual  ceremony honoring the 2021 New Jersey All-State Academic Team for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service.

The 27th Annual New Jersey Community College Scholars Celebration was held by the New Jersey Council of County College (NJCCC). The students are all members of the Community College honors society of Phi Theta Kappa.

“Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey’s Community College students have maintained their unwavering commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship,” said Dr. Phil Linfante, NJCCC Chair and Essex County College Professor.

 “The 37 high-achieving students truly represent the very best in postsecondary education in their communities and are committed to making a difference in their lives and the lives of others,” said Dr. Aaron Fichtner, President of the NJCCC.  

Anne is a General Science major from Newark. She plans to transfer to Caldwell University where she will study nursing. Joseph, a Belleville resident, is a Paralegal Studies major, with an eye on law school.  

“You’re all remarkable … the doors are opening for you and I hope you walk through them without trepidation or fear,” said New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt. She is the author of the 2008 Lampitt Law which provides a comprehensive statewide transfer agreement designed to facilitate a smooth transfer from a New Jersey Community College to the New Jersey public four-year colleges and universities.

New Jersey’s 18 Community Colleges, as the only educational institutions with statewide reach, provide essential opportunities to more than 300,000 residents each year including the most vulnerable. Over 200,000 students – more than half of all undergraduate students in public colleges and universities in the state – are enrolled in credit and degree programs at New Jersey’s Community Colleges. Equity and access priorities are advanced every day with over half of the total undergraduate enrollment in New Jersey Community Colleges being non-white students.